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Learn how to make your own sketchbook in the traditional coptic structure, a historical stitch that has been used since the 11th century. This type of book is spineless, allowing it to open completely flat for all your sketching and writing needs!

The first day of this two-part workshop is spent in the paper studio, where you will make sheets of cotton paper that will be suitable to hold both dry and wet media. The paper will dry for a few days and be used in the following week in the bindery.

On the second day, you will learn the single-needle coptic (chain) stitch and use it to bind your handmade sheets of cotton paper into a beautiful sketchbook. You are welcome to bring your own decorative papers for the covers. No experience necessary!

Level: Beginner

Make Your Own Coptic Sketchbook: From Pulp to Stitch, August 6 & 13, 6-9pm

    • Dates & Times: 2-session workshop: Tuesdays August 6 & 13, 6-9pm
    • Materials Fee: $15, payable to Pyramid on first day of class
    • Instructor: Jamila Zahra Felton

    Born in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Jamila began painting and creating mixed media collage while studying at Spelman College. Soon after, she developed a love for printmaking, pattern design, and bookbinding.

    Jamila graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in English and holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and an M.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. A former Boston and DC public school teacher, Jamila works as a school librarian and has over seventeen years of experience educating youth and adults.

    Jamila is a member of Pyramid Atlantic and was Pyramid's first ever Gregory Vita Paper Arts Resident in Summer 2018. Jamila is also an editor and writer. Her poetry is published in Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, bum rush the page: a def poetry jam, Sally Hemings Dreams, and within her artist books and zines. Her visual art is published in Loam: Permaculture in Practice and MelaNation, Issue 1.​ Jamila blossoms in Washington, DC with her husband Melvin, a scientist/writer/musician, their son Malcolm, and their dog Theory.

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